Should You Be A Bridge Player?

Millions worldwide have found bridge to be an enriching, even obsessive pastime. Do you have what it takes to join them? Take this quick quiz to determine your potential for learning and enjoying the world’s most popular card game.

Karen Walker
Created by Karen Walker
On Apr 29, 2017

When you were growing up, your favorite card game was:

In high school, your favorite subject was:

You decide to watch TV for a few hours. Six channels are available. You choose:

Bill and Warren decide to settle a bet by drawing one card from a standard deck of 52 cards.
Bill will win if the card is any diamond or any nine.
Warren will win if the card is any high honor (Ace, King, Queen, Jack or Ten).
Who has the better chance of winning the bet?

Your friend wins almost every time you play a video game. You:

You start reading a book about a complex topic that interests you, but soon realize that the content is over your head. You:

You're playing a card game with Omar and Eric.
You know that Omar holds four clubs and that two of them are the King and Queen.
You know that Eric holds three clubs and that one of them is the Jack.
Who is more likely to hold the Ace of Clubs?

Your spouse or roommate calls to ask you to pick up five items from the grocery store on your way home from work. You:

Bridge players evaluate a hand's strength by counting points for its honor cards:
Ace = 4 points.
King = 3 points.
Queen = 2 points.
Jack = 1 point.
Which of the hands below has the most honor-card points?

Which of these hands would you rather hold in a bridge game?

Potential bridge champion

Potential bridge champion

You have the innate talent, intelligence and personality traits to excel at bridge and perhaps become a world-class player. With your natural affinity for the game, you could easily teach yourself to play from books or bridge web sites.
You can get a head start with these web resources:
Richard Pavlicek’s Bridge Lesson: http://www.rpbridge.net/1a00.htm
Karen’s Bridge Library: http://kwbridge.com
Free Learn to Play Bridge software: https://web3.acbl.org/newmembers/free-learn-software

Potential bridge expert

Potential bridge expert

You are intelligent and competitive and you like a challenge – all traits that are shared by many bridge experts. With practice, you could become a consistent tournament winner and even a bridge teacher. Consider joining a group class or teaching yourself from books or web sites.
You can get a head start with these web resources:
Richard Pavlicek’s Bridge Lesson: http://www.rpbridge.net/1a00.htm
Karen’s Bridge Library: http://kwbridge.com
Free Learn to Play Bridge software: https://web3.acbl.org/newmembers/free-learn-software

Potential bridge player

Potential bridge player

With patience and practice, you can become a bridge player. It may take some time to develop your skills, but you should have no problem learning the basics and enjoying the game. For extra motivation, consider joining a group class.
Here are some web resources to try if you'd like to teach yourself to play:
Richard Pavlicek’s Bridge Lesson: http://www.rpbridge.net/1a00.htm
Karen’s Bridge Library: http://kwbridge.com
Free Learn to Play Bridge software: https://web3.acbl.org/newmembers/free-learn-software

Potential bridge dropout

Potential bridge dropout

Bridge probably isn’t your game. You can give it a try, but learning bridge will be a challenge and you’re likely to lose interest quickly. For leisure activities, you may be best suited for playing Old Maid, watching poker on TV or taking naps.